Graduate Programs


The graduate Civil Engineering program at The University of Toledo focuses on research. Our program’s strength — its emphasis on giving students practical skills and knowledge that translate to jobs. UToledo Civil Engineering graduates are in high demand worldwide. 

Our graduate students in Civil Engineering work closely with outstanding faculty researchers who are developing new knowledge in the field.  

UToledo offers: 

  • M.S. in Civil Engineering for individuals who want advanced engineering careers or to pursue doctoral studies 
  • Ph.D. in Engineering for those seeking research-oriented industrial or academic careers 

Graduate students choose a specialty research focus within one of four civil engineering concentrations: 

  • Environmental engineering 
  • Geotechnical engineering 
  • Structural engineering 
  • Transportation engineering 

Learn more about the Civil and Environmental Engineering Department.

Top Reasons to Study civil engineering at UToledo

  1. Practical skills that lead to jobs.
    Work with our outstanding faculty to develop new knowledge in the field and solve problems for government agencies and industries. Civil Engineering master’s and doctoral students have assessed bridge safety and created plans to fix potholes. Employers worldwide clamor for our students because of their real-world skills. They hire UToledo alumni for positions at all levels of engineering. 
  2. Financial support.
    Most full-time Civil Engineering graduate students receive aid — fellowships and teaching and research assistantships, which include a stipend and tuition waiver. 
  3. M.S. options.

    Select one of three Civil Engineering master’s degree options:  

    • Research-based thesis 
    • Applied project 
    • Course work only 
  4. J.D./M.S. dual degree.
    If you’re interested in intellectual property and patents, UToledo's combined J.D./M.S. program allows you to acquire a law degree and a master’s degree in engineering simultaneously. 
  5. Sustainability focus.
    The Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering explores tools and issues of sustainability in all of its programs. 
  6. High levels of faculty interaction.
    Civil Engineering faculty work closely with students on research and as advisors. 

The goal of our Civil Engineering graduate degree program is to educate researchers who contribute new knowledge to the field. This is precisely what our expert faculty members do as they engage students in their research in many Civil Engineering fields, including: 

  • Air pollution risk analysis 
  • Bioremediation 
  • Computational modeling of concrete, steel and composite materials 
  • Energy geotechnology 
  • Environmental biotechnology 
  • Food-energy-water sustainability 
  • Geohazards 
  • Passive seismic control of buildings 
  • Repair and strengthening of building and bridge infrastructure 
  • Storm-water treatment and management 
  • Smart transportation systems 
  • Water and wastewater treatment 

Graduate students choose a focus research area within their concentrations. In the past, students have focused on:  

  • Air pollution and industrial hygiene 
  • Application of composites for structures 
  • Bridge engineering 
  • Domestic and industrial water treatment and supply 
  • Earthquake engineering and structural dynamics 
  • Environmental biotechnology and geotechnology 
  • Solar-energy sustainability 
  • Transportation facilities design and management 

Civil Engineering graduate students and researchers work in state-of-the-art research laboratories and engineering computing laboratories, including:  

  • Air Pollution Laboratory 
  • Biofilm and Water Chemistry Lab 
  • Bituminous Materials Laboratory 
  • Computational Modeling and Numerical Simulation Lab  
  • Environmental Geotechnology Laboratory/Banyas Soil Mechanics Laboratory 
  • Sustainability Engineering Lab 
  • Transportation Systems Research Laboratory 

UToledo Civil and Environmental Engineering researchers have been funded by local, regional, national and international agencies, including: 

  • National Science Foundation  
  • Ohio and federal Environmental Protection Agency 
  • Ohio Department of Higher Education  
  • Ohio Lake Erie Commission/Ohio Water Development Authority
  • U.S. Department of Transportation/Ohio Department of Transportation  


What jobs can I get with a civil engineering degree?

More than 95% of UToledo Civil Engineering M.S. graduates enroll in a Ph.D. program or find employment as practicing engineers in: 

  • Consulting companies
  • Government agencies 
  • Industry 

Our master’s graduates have pursued doctoral studies at many prestigious universities, including: 

  • Auburn University 
  • Carnegie Mellon University 
  • London School of Economics 
  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
  • Michigan State University 
  • Northeastern University 
  • Ohio State University 
  • University of California, Davis  
  • University of Michigan 

Nearly 90% of graduates in our Ph.D. program land positions in research and development, as well as academia as faculty or post-doc fellows. 

Graduates of UToledo’s Civil & Environmental Engineering master’s and Ph.D. programs have worked at: 

  • Al-Isra Private University, Amman, Jordan 
  • Black and Veatch, Overland Park, Kan.
  • California Department of Transportation, Sacramento, Calif. 
  • Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee, India 
  • Jones and Henry Engineers Ltd., Toledo, Ohio 
  • MARRS Service Inc., Fullerton, Calif. 
  • Marathon Corporation, Findlay, Ohio 
  • Matrix Technologies, Maumee, Ohio  
  • TANGEN Bioscience Inc., Branford, Conn. 
  • Trinity Consultants, Dallas 
  • URS Corporation, San Francisco 








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Last Updated: 11/16/23